Letters to the editor
October 31, 2012
More on climate
This letter is regarding continued false claims about Dr. Edward Teller and climate change.
Fact: Dr. Teller never said global warming was a hoax. In 1997, he believed that global warming was real but could not be stopped by controlling greenhouse gases. Thus, he co-authored two scientific reports recommending that orbiting “solar shades” be used to control global warming.
Fact: Among return cards from the 1997 mass mailing by the “Oregon Petition,” one had the signature “Edward Teller, Ph.D., Physics.” Dr. Teller never confirmed that he signed this card. He died in 2003 at the age of 95, nine years before he had a chance to correct today’s misrepresentations of his positions on global warming.
Fact: In 1997, Dr. Teller wrote in the Wall Street Journal that “the jury is still out” on whether greenhouse gases were a significant cause of global warming. Then, 15 years ago, specific causes of global warming were being scientifically debated, not the fact that it was occurring. Today the overwhelming evidence is that the past several decades of accelerated global warming are due to greenhouse gases.
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Fact: Over eons, the Earth has had fluctuations in climate from natural causes. The Norse settled “Greenland” during an abnormal warm period (about 1200 to 1700 A.D.) then abandoned it during the Little Ice Age (1550 to 1850). However, the overwhelming scientific evidence is that the warming of the past several decades cannot be explained by natural factors but is directly proportional to the increase in human-emitted greenhouse gases.
Love thy neighbor,
love thy neighbor’s pet
I am responding to Ms. Grattan when she suggested I use the Dayton Dog Park to solve my problem of aggressive dogs roaming in my neighborhood. I do appreciate her thoughtfulness in trying to help, but that solution won’t help me.
First, I walk my dog for an hour each morning, both for his exercise and for mine. The dog park would not help me get that exercise.
Second, since so many people in Dayton think it’s OK to have their aggressive dogs off-leash, how could I feel confident they would not take those same dogs to a dog park where all dogs are off-leash and fair game to any aggressive dog that might be there?
I do not understand why people think that if they own a dog, it’s OK to let it run free, aggressive or not, relieve itself on others’ yards, and pose a possible threat to other animals or children.
I love dogs and have one myself. But I don’t expect you to love it, or clean up after it, or take a chance that it might attack your dog.
All I am asking for is consideration of your neighbors. Let’s all keep our animals under control whenever they are away from our yard. It’s not difficult to do, and can insure that our animals are welcome in our neighborhoods.
And if some people won’t do that, then we need a leash law so that safety can be enforced.
causing market turn
This letter is concerning “Housing market turns sharply, but why?” by John Seelmeyer.
Aside from the lender-delayed foreclosures that are helping create an inventory shortage, maybe so many people being underwater and unable to sell their homes might also have something to do with the inventory shortage you mentioned.
According to the National Association of Mortgage Brokers, 50 percent of all mortgagees under the age of 40 in this country are under water.
And 21 percent of last months housing starts were multifamily homes or apartments, continuing a five-year trend of providing lodging for many people in this country who have had a tough time holding on to their singe family homes during this recovery.